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Cougar threesome once again ranked among the Pac-12’s best

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Athlon really likes three Cougars going into next season.

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A few weeks ago Football Outsiders ranked three Cougars as their top ten players in the Pac-12 for 2017. Athlon’s has just released their top 25 for the conference and Luke Falk, Hercules Mata’afa and Cody O’Connell once again rank high.

Falk is all the way up at No.3 with only UW’s Jake Browning and USC’s Sam Darnold ranking above him. The Pac-12 is as usual, a quarterback’s conference. The top 4 players in the rankings are all signal-callers.

Outland trophy finalist guard O’Connell ranked No.6 on the list and is the top-ranked offensive lineman overall. What a rise for a player who didn’t even start the year before.

Mata’afa ranked just outside the top ten at No. 12 and stands as the top edge rusher on the list. Offensive tackle Cole Madison rated an honorable mention just outside the top 25.

WSU was just behind Washington and USC in number of players on the list. Washington placed eight on the list and USC had four. Another reason to get excited for the start of spring practice. The entire list can be read here.

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